May 14, 1992 |
By now most news-watchers, and some who ignore all the news they can, have been at least dimly exposed to the idea that the rich representation of meat in Western diets is a banner of regress rather than progress, a priority that has disastrously skewed both our own agriculture and the choices of developing nations.
March 12, 1995 |
It wasn't supposed to be this way. In "The Iceman Cometh," the anarchist character Hugo Kalmar cries out that once the revolution comes, "we will eat hot dogs and drink free beer beneath the willow trees." Well, the technological revolution has come. Everywhere, computers and other electronic machines are enhancing human capabilities, making work more productive and eliminating heavy lifting.
April 10, 1986
Environmentalist Jeremy Rifkin said he has delayed filing a suit against the Agriculture Department to allow it to reconsider its licensing of a genetically engineered swine vaccine. On Tuesday, in response to a Rifkin petition demanding the license be suspended or revoked, the department announced a two-week suspension of the vaccine's license in order to do an environmental impact study. The vaccine would be used against pseudorabies, a sometimes-fatal swine virus.
May 6, 1992 |
Federal Suit Over Cow Drug Is Dismissed: A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled that anti-biotechnology activist Jeremy Rifkin and 14 farmers lacked jurisdiction to bring suit against the U.S Department of Agriculture and the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. The suit contended that the agency and the board were unlawfully promoting bovine somatotropin, a synthetic hormone--that has not been approved--designed to increase cows' milk production.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1986
An animal disease called pseudorabies has reached epidemic proportions among the nation's herds of swine. The disease, caused by a herpes-like virus, is almost always fatal in pigs, so the effect on the food supply is serious and growing. In response, Biologics Corp. of Omaha has produced a vaccine called Omnivac-PRV. What's interesting about this vaccine is that it is made by genetic engineering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1987
Jeremy Rifkin, who has single-handedly and single-mindedly waged war against biotechnology, has used the courts in the past to block important research and experimentation in genetic engineering. Fortunately, his luck seems to have run out. A few weeks ago U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell in Washington dismissed two of Rifkin's suits against biotechnology and cleared the way for this work to proceed.